Death and Choices- What's the Play?


Death and Choices is a monthly series where a board state and other information is provided. With that information, you come up with what you think is the most optimal line, describing the sequencing you would make. In addition, discussing different lines and reasons for doing a particular line is encouraged. I will have my own play plus the reasoning available as well at the bottom.

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Death and Choices #2

death and choice #2

Discussions- Post your Choice Below

My play for this Death and Choices would be to cast Flickerwisp on my turn, targetting the opponent's Magus of the Moon. I will then sacrifice both Horizon Canopies before the Magus of the Moon effect returns to play, searching for more answers (Flickerwisp, Path to Exile, etc.).

The reason I picked this line is that I valued the two extra cards quite highly. One thing that I would like to mention is that the opponent can copy their Magus of the Moon with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker before it gets temporarily exiled. However, because I am the active player on my turn, Flickerwisp's trigger enters the stack first on my end step, therefore resolving after Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker's trigger. The Magus of the Moon token would, therefore, go away before the actual Magus of the Moon returns, giving just enough time to sacrifice both Horizon Canopies. Anyway, I ultimately valued this line the most was that I did not think the other possible plays could reasonably win. All that they would achieve is further prolonging the game, which is not very favorable for the Eldrazi and Taxes player. Getting two fresh cards could, however, grant us the necessary resources to cultivate a victory.

The best way to further elaborate on my reasoning is by discussing the other lines I came up with. One of them was to Flickerwisp their Birds of Paradise or our Blade Splicer in order to kill the opponent fast. However, with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, the opponent could simply make copies to chump block our creatures. Plus, their Magus of the Moon and Wall of Blossoms were stopping our ground creatures. The other reasonable line was to Flickerwisp our Phyrexian Revoker and name Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. I almost went with this play, as it would make it exceedingly hard for the opponent to generate value or simply combo off. However, by doing that, their Birds of Paradise would be turned on. The Vannifar Pod deck runs many powerful cards of varying colors. By letting them tap their Birds of Paradise for mana, their Deputy of Detentions and Prime Speaker Vannifars would be active. All that being said, I still think that the Phyrexian Revoker line was not bad, but I ultimately went with the Horizon Canopy one.

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